Edit Nikon D7200 H.264 files in iMovie, FCP X and Avid

If you are looking for an easy and stable Nikon D7200 and iMovie, FCP X, Avid workflow, you may wish to read this post. It introduces a simple and direct way to import Nikon D7200 H.264 video to iMovie, FCP X and Avid for editing smoothly.
Nikon D7200 and iMovie, FCP X, Avid workflow
Nikon’s new D7200 is an evolutionary upgrade to the D7100, and fixes one of the few major complaints about that model with an increased buffer depth. Other improvements are more subtle, but the addition of -3EV sensitivity to the D7200’s 51-point AF array will please low-light photographers, and video spec gets a boost too, with the addition of a 1080p capture option up to 60 fps, albeit in the 1.3 crop mode; in DX mode, meanwhile, the movie frame rate options are 24, 25 and 30 fps. It’s also the first Nikon DSLR to have both WiFi and NFC, which should make it extremely easy for people to share their images wirelessly.

If for some reason, your editing program (e.g. iMovie, FCP X, Avid) won’t work with the D7200 video files stably and smoothly, you may need third party converter program to process file conversion. Considering the ease of use and pristine output quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter, a versatile video transcoder, being able to convert Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV movies to AIC for iMovie, encode D7200 H.264 MOV video to ProRes 422 for FCP X, and transcode Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV recordings to DNxHD for Avid.

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import Nikon D7200 H.264 video to iMovie, FCP X and AvidNikon D7200 Converter for Mac

How to convert Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV video for editing in iMovie, FCP X, and Avid?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon D7200 Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Nikon D7200 Converter for Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Nikon D7200 movies to AIC MOV for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This output is also suitable for use in the discontinued Final Cut Express.
convert Nikon D7200 movies to AIC for iMovie
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.

To transcode Nikon D7200 video files to ProRes MOV for FCP X, you need to select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is suitable for editing in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
encode D7200 video to ProRes 422 for FCP X

To rewrap D7200 video to Avid for editing, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
transcode Nikon D7200 recordings to DNxHD for Avid
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Nikon D7200 video files Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files, ProRes MOV files or DNxHD MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express, FCP 7/6/X or Avid with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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